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Pet Meds Sending Kids to the ER

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 – The flea medications and heartworm pills that millions of Americans give to their beloved pets pose poisoning risks to any children in the home, new research warns. The study authors said just one poison center in Ohio received more than 1,400 calls for poisoning from pet medications over the course of 15 years, with 87 percent of those calls involving children under the ...

Pesticide Exposures May Alter Mouth Bacteria

Posted 28 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Pesticide exposure may change the makeup of bacteria in the mouths of farm workers, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Washington analyzed swabs taken from the mouths of 65 adult farm workers and 52 adults who didn't work on farms. All lived in Washington's Yakima Valley. The farm workers had higher blood levels of pesticides, and greater changes in their ...

Pesticides Linked to Raised Risk of ALS

Posted 9 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 9, 2016 – Exposure to pesticides and other chemicals may increase the risk for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a fatal neurological disease, researchers say. Three toxins in particular were associated with greater risk for the progressive condition, often called Lou Gehrig's disease because it killed the legendary baseball player with that name. "We are identifying these toxic, ...

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Changes in Fetal Movement: Study

Posted 12 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 12 – A pregnant woman's exposure to environmental contaminants affects her unborn baby's heart rate and movement, a new study says. "Both fetal motor activity and heart rate reveal how the fetus is maturing and give us a way to evaluate how exposures may be affecting the developing nervous system," study lead author Janet DiPietro, associate dean for research at the Johns Hopkins ...

Brain Blood Flow Abnormalities Persist in Gulf War Vets

Posted 13 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 13 – Two decades after the Persian Gulf War, some veterans continue to have blood flow abnormalities in their brains that in some cases have even gotten worse, a new study finds. These problems are part of a debilitating disorder known as Gulf War illness. Though somewhat mysterious even today, Gulf War illness is believed to be caused by exposure to neurotoxins and nerve gas. The ...

Drifting Pesticides May Endanger People in Nearby Workplaces

Posted 3 Jun 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 3 – People who work near fields sprayed with pesticides face an increased risk for Parkinson's disease, a new study has found. Not just agricultural workers but teachers, firefighters, clerks and others whose workplaces are near fields in California's Central Valley are at greater risk for the degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, according to researchers from the ...

Gulf War Nerve Agent Tied to Late-Onset Heart Damage in Mice

Posted 13 Oct 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13 – Low-dose exposure to the chemical warfare agent sarin may lead to long-term heart damage, a new study suggests. Sarin is known to affect the nervous system and can cause convulsions, breathing difficulties and death. In this study, researchers examined how sarin affected the hearts of mice. The chemical was injected into the animals at doses too low to produce visible ...

Poison Experts Turn Phone Line Into a Lifeline

Posted 19 Sep 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 17 – Trained as a registered nurse to work in emergency rooms and intensive care units, Hugh Rawls did just that until sidelined a decade ago by a back injury. Today, he's still working in emergency care, but from a different angle. For the past 10 years, he has helped man the phone lines at the Poison Control Center in Jacksonville, Fla. "In a lot of ways, there's some ...

Prenatal Pesticide Exposure May Raise Risk of Attention Issues in Kids

Posted 19 Aug 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 19 – Scientists have noted a possible increased risk for attention disorders in children who were exposed to organophosphate pesticides while in the womb. The effect was not significant at the age of 3 but clearly showed at age 5, according to the report from California researchers that appears in the Aug. 19 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. Bernard Weiss, a professor ...

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